Featured Speaker: Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets, speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi: habitat, medicinal use, and production. He lectures extensively to deepen the understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep taken on this path of life. His presentations cover a range of mushroom species and research showing how mushrooms can help the health of people and the planet. His central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushrooms are cellular bridges between the two. Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings in the microbiome that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement.

Paul’s philosophy is that “MycoDiversity is BioSecurity.” He sees the ancient Old Growth forests of the Pacific  Northwest as a resource of incalculable value, especially in terms of its fungal genome. A dedicated hiker and explorer,  his passion is to preserve and protect as many ancestral strains of mushrooms as possible from these pristine  woodlands. His research is considered breakthrough by thought leaders for creating a paradigm shift for helping  ecosystems worldwide.  

Paul is the author of six books (including Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Growing  Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms, and Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World), he has discovered and named numerous  new species of psilocybin mushrooms.  

He has received numerous awards, including: Invention Ambassador (2014-2015) for the American Association for  the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Mycologist Award (2014) from the North American Mycological  Association (NAMA), and the Gordon & Tina Wasson Award (2015) from the Mycological Society of America (MSA).  Paul’s extensive work in the field of mycology has earned him an official induction into The Explorers Club (2020.  

His work has entered into the mainstream of popular culture. In the new Star Trek: Discovery series on CBS, the  Science Officer is portrayed by an Astromycologist.... a Lt. Paul Stamets. Paul's work with mycelium is a central theme  of this series.  

Paul funds research to save rare strains of mushrooms that dwell within the old growth forests. He is a collaborator  with numerous scientific organizations and research institutes. Currently he is testing extracts of these rare strains at  the NIH (National Institutes of Health/Virology) and with Washington State University/United States Department of  Agriculture against a wide panel of viruses pathogenic to humans, animals and bees.  

“We are now fully engaged in the sixth Major Extinction (“6 X”) on planet Earth. Our biosphere is quickly changing, eroding  the life support systems that have allowed humans to ascend. Unless we put into action policies and technologies that can  cause a course correction in the very near future, species diversity will continue to plummet, with humans not only being  the primary cause, but one of the victims. What can we do? Fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer some powerful, practical  solutions, which can be put into practice now.”   More at http://paulstamets.com